Leveraging PADI Travel for Your Group Trips

You already know that travel and scuba diving go hand in hand. You probably also know that the majority of scuba divers will take multiple international dive trips during their lifetimes. Using this fact to your advantage and offering group travel opportunities to your customers can spell success for your business.

Benefits of Organizing Group Trips

Embedding travel into your business is a proven way to engage new divers and to keep certified divers active. The promise of getting to use new skills and explore new places encourages divers to enroll in more courses and buy more equipment. Successful PADI Dive Centers sell group trips to fascinating scuba diving destinations to leverage their customers’ desire for adventure. Group trips fuel engagement by building a community of travelers who are loyal to your business. This makes dive travel a win-win for everyone involved.

Why Organize Group Trips Through PADI Travel?

Luckily, you don’t have to go it alone when it comes to booking group travel. Partner with PADI Travel for your trips and get access to:

• Unbeatable group discounts – PADI Travel offers the best prices and terms around. As a global, wholesale travel agency with significant reach and purchasing power, PADI Travel is able to pass on competitive rates and terms to you when you book group trips. You have access to unbeatable group discounts (a.k.a. commissions) through PADI Travel that you can decide to pass on to your customers or to increase your margins.

• Special deals – The PADI Travel team negotiates special deals that may include anything from free enriched air nitrox fills to significant overall discounts. You can save big by securing available special offers on your next trip.

• Extra spots – One of our most popular promotions for group trips booked through PADI Travel is extra spots. Sometimes there are free cabins, rooms, equipment or other special terms for large group bookings. Again, you can decide how to manage these extras – increase your margins or pass spots on to your customers or staff.

• Diver medical insurance – Every diver in your group will benefit from the complementary diver medical insurance offered with each booking. This means reduced extra costs and more savings for your group.

Additional Benefits

If you end up with unfilled spots on your trip, PADI Travel can help you fill them. The future PADI Travel Marketplace will have global reach and help divers connect with you in order to fill your trips.

As an added benefit, PADI Travel acts as your personal tour operator. If any problems should arise prior to departure or after your customers are on the ground, the PADI Travel team will be in charge of handling issues. The 24/7 world-class customer support team is on hand not only to help you organize and fine tune your group trip, but also to deal with any problems or questions that may occur at any point. This essentially removes many of the hassles associated with organizing travel and reduces your personal workload.

You also can take advantage of the PADI Travel team of scuba travel experts to improve your knowledge of the world’s top dive destinations. Use this information to advise customers and increase your bookings. PADI Travel can help you organize, market and run successful group trips across the globe. Simply ask for a nonbinding quote the next time you organize a trip and discover new ways to thrill your customers.

September Tips from the PADI Asia Pacific Quality Management Team

In 2018 the PADI Asia Pacific Quality Management team continues to bring you tips from PADI staff in the field on how to maintain and improve safety in your professional diving activities. This month we heard from Donny McFadden Quality Management Consultant – PADI Asia Pacific.

Emergency Action Plans

As PADI Professionals there are many split decisions we may need to make on the job, some with very little consequence and others with far greater implications. To dive or not to dive? Backwards roll or giant stride? Do I eat the last cookie from the box or not…?

One important decision dive professionals may find themselves faced with is whether or not to enact the Emergency Action Plan for not so obvious barotrauma injuries. Enacting the Emergency Action Plan will in many cases mean ending the dive trip. With the expectations of paying customers and the potential financial and logistical complications that may occur from ending a trip, dive pros may find themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place.

I can hear what you’re saying, and on paper it seems very obvious – it’s a choice between customer service or assisting a DCI victim. Simple right? However as we all know in reality not all cases of DCI are obvious, with many cases presenting symptoms in line with other conditions such as dehydration, muscular injury or seasickness to name a few. In some cases the divers themselves will reject the notion that they may be suffering from DCI at all. In fact one of the biggest dangers of DCI is actually denial itself.

In light of this it’s important to remember DCI is a hazard divers are innately exposed to, even though the risk is moderately low, DCI can happen to anyone, even on uneventful dives.

If there is even the remotest suspicion of DCI the diver should be assessed and appropriate first aid administered. The Emergency Action Plan should contain a symptom checklist and guidelines for a neurological assessment. Unless medically trained to do so, dive professionals are not qualified to diagnose divers for DCI, however knowing what you are looking for will help when you make the call to a diver emergency helpline (if available) and/or EMS.

Calling a diver emergency hotline such as Divers Alert Network, and/or the local hyperbaric chamber, and/or EMS is a very important part of the Emergency Action Plan. Organisations such as DAN have 24 hour hotlines with medical professionals on hand to provide advice. Calling for assistance also helps shift the responsibility of proceeding with evacuation procedures away from the dive pro and onto a trained medical professional. If an organisation like DAN says evacuate, nobody will question that decision. Even if the symptoms turn out to be unrelated to DCI, everyone will sleep better knowing that diagnosis came from a qualified medical physician.

Emergency Action Plans should be a stringent part of any dive operations Standard Operating Procedure. It should have a clear sequence, list of emergency contacts, evacuation details specific to the area and it should be as simple or extensive as the dive environment dictates. As a dive pro make sure you are familiar with your Emergency Action Plans, and if possible get the team together to practice a drill from time to time to test for efficiency. As PADI Professionals we all hope we are never placed in a real emergency situation, but if we ever are – we not only need to be prepared, but we also have a responsibility to be prepared.

Donny McFadden, Quality Management Consultant – PADI Asia Pacific.

E: qa@padi.com.au

PADI at DEMA Show 2018

The largest diving trade-only event in the world, is back for 2018! The annual Diving Equipment & Marketing Association (DEMA) Show is open to any companies doing business in scuba diving, ocean water sports or adventure/dive travel industries.

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Attracting hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of dive and travel industry professionals from around the world. The DEMA Show offers companies the rare opportunity to conduct business and network, while having access to the most extensive education curriculum in the industry. Please see below for PADI Programs and Mini-seminars offered throughout the show at the Westgate Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.

If you are a PADI Member from Asia Pacific that will be attending DEMA, please email marketing@padi.com.au so we can provide further information and possible benefits for you.


PADI Social


Tuesday, 13 November – 6:00-8:00 pm
Ballroom: Paradise Pavilion North

Kick off the DEMA Show week with the PADI Social in the Westgate Las Vegas Hotel and Casino Paradise Ballroom. Mingle and network with scuba industry colleagues, PADI staff and hundreds of your friends as we celebrate the year’s successes and look forward to an exciting year ahead.


Course Director Update


Tuesday, 13 November – 7:30 am-12:00 pm
Ballroom: Paradise Pavilion North

This year’s Course Director Update focuses on the all-new Instructor Development Course that’s coming soon along with PADI’s optimised digital product suite. The update reviews the revised IDC standards and curriculum including a preview of the new eLearning component and evaluation tools. It also covers the new PADI eLearning® environment, updated and expanded course offerings and the enhanced PADI Online Processing Center. The update will feature breakout sessions to cultivate interaction and engagement with colleagues and PADI Staff. Renewed, Teaching status Course Directors qualify to attend the half-day program. Topics include:

  • IDC eLearning and the Revised Curriculum
  • What’s New: PADI’s Optimised Digital Product Suite – Revitalised, Globalised and Streamlined
  • Knowledge Development Evaluation Training Workshop
  • Confined and Open Water Evaluation Training Workshop

Also at the Course Director Update, don’t miss the PADI Frequent Trainer Program award ceremony recognizing PADI Platinum Course Directors.

To register, complete and submit a Course Director Update Registration Form


IDC Staff Instructor Update


Friday, 16 November – 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Pavilion 1

This year’s IDC Staff Instructor Update focuses on the all-new Instructor Development Course that’s coming soon along with PADI’s optimised digital product suite. The update reviews the revised IDC and Assistant Instructor course standards and curriculum including a preview of the new eLearning component and evaluation tools. It also covers the new PADI eLearning® environment, updated and expanded course offerings and the enhanced PADI Online Processing Center. Renewed, Teaching status IDC Staff Instructors qualify to attend the half-day program. Topics include:

  • IDC eLearning and the Revised Curriculum
  • What’s New: PADI’s Optimised Digital Product Suite – Revitalised, Globalised and Streamlined
  • Knowledge Development Evaluation Training Workshop
  • Confined and Open Water Evaluation Training Workshop

To register, complete and submit an IDC Staff Update Registration Form


PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Program Orientation


Wednesday, 14 November – 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Ballroom: D and E

This half-day program introduces the PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Program to PADI Instructors and PADI Course Directors. If you want to learn techniques and effective approaches for teaching and supervising divers of varying abilities and physical challenges, this program is for you. Many of the concepts discussed apply to all diver training, but this focused practice will also raise your awareness and strengthen your student-centered teaching ability. Completion of this orientation results in certification as a PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Program Instructor (or Instructor Trainer if you’re a PADI Course Director), once additional experience is documented. The PADI Adaptive Techniques Specialty Program qualifies you to teach two courses: PADI Adaptive Teaching Techniques Specialty course to dive leaders and the PADI Adaptive Support Diver Specialty course to divers.

To register, complete and submit an Adaptive Techniques Registration Form


Emergency First Response® Instructor Trainer


Thursday, 15 November – 8:00 am-1:00 pm
Ballroom: D and E

This half-day program is open to Emergency First Response Instructors who have completed the preparatory online component and conducted at least
five Emergency First Response courses or issued at least 25 Emergency First Response course completion cards. This program includes access to online presentations, an Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer Manual (digital version), Emergency First Response Instructor Course Lesson Guides, Emergency First Response Instructor Course exam booklet and the Instructor Trainer application fee. Please bring a current or updated Emergency First Response Instructor Manual.

To register, complete and submit an EFR Instructor Trainer Registration Form


PADI Business Academy: Google Ads Made Easy


Saturday, 4 November – 8:00 am-12:00 pm
Pavilion 4

A step-by-step interactive seminar focused on implementing Google Ad campaigns. Stay ahead of the curve by learning how to properly market your business and services with Google advertising. This seminar will focus on how to plan, prepare and implement Google AdWords and Display Ad campaigns, complemented by live demonstrations and workshops.
Note: CDTC applicants can earn three seminar credits by attending this workshop.

Early-bird registration fee:

  • $100 US for PADI Five Star Dive Centers and Resorts
  • $115 US for PADI Dive Centers, Resorts, Recreational Centers and Boats
  • $125 US for Individual Members
    After 25th October 2018, add $25 US

To register, complete and submit a PADI Business Academy Registration Form


PADI Mini-Seminars at the Las Vegas Convention center- Las Vegas, Nevada, USA


By attending the “Tour the New PADI Online Processing Center” and “PADI Products, Programs and Standards” miniseminars, along with two additional presentations, you can regain teaching status after not renewing for one to three years. To gain seminar credits toward the PADI Master Instructor rating or Course Director Training Course application, you will receive one credit for every three PADI Miniseminars attended. Attendance validation is required for credit and forms will be available at the seminars.

Tour the New PADI Online Processing Center (Required for Credit)
Wednesday, 14 November – 11:00 am-12:00 pm (Room N255)
Thursday, 15 November – 3:00-4:00 pm (Room N253)
Friday, 16 November- 1:00-2:00 pm (Room N253)

This seminar will give you an in-depth tour of the new PADI Online Processing Center. PADI staff will teach you how to distribute and process digital codes, manage digital forms and answer any questions you may have.

PADI Products, Programs and Standards (Required for Credit)
Wednesday, 14 November – 2:00-3:00 pm (Room N253)
Thursday, 15 November – 10:00-11:00 am (Room N253)
Friday, 16, November – 4:00-5:00 pm (Room N253)

Discover how to leverage new products and programs to increase business, while learning about any additional standard changes that will affect your daily teaching.

Risk Management 2018: Protect Your Divers and Yourself
Wednesday, 14 November – 10:00-11:00 am (Room N253)
Thursday, 15 November – 11:00 am–12:00 pm (Room N253)
Friday, 16, November – 2:00-3:00 pm (Room N253)

Are you prepared in your ongoing efforts to avoid dive accidents? Determine how prepared you are through an analysis of real dive incidents and learn how conservative decisions provide better protection. You’ll also learn how to better manage risk in diver education programs and throughout your dive business.

CDTC Q&A: What It Takes to Become a PADI Course Director
Wednesday, 14 November –3:00-4:00 pm (Room N255)
Thursday, 15 November – 1:00-2:00 pm (Room N253)

PADI Course Director is the ultimate PADI Professional rating. Attend this miniseminar to learn how you can reach this goal and about the prerequisites, application procedures and acceptance protocols for the PADI Course Director Training Course.

Freediving + Scuba = Huge Potential
Thursday, 15 November – 4:00-5:00 pm (Room N253)
Friday, 16 Novembe – 2:00-3:00 pm (Room N255)

The PADI Freediver program is gaining momentum and you will benefit from adding freediving to your course offerings. Hear from successful PADI Members who have integrated freediver training into their businesses and have experienced great success.

Energize Your Instructor Development Program
Thursday, 15 November – 4:00-5:00 pm (Room N255)
Friday, 16 November – 3:00-4:00 pm (Room N253)

Join the PADI Instructor Development team for a 60-minute workshop centered on building a comprehensive and successful instructor development program. Walk away with ideas to create a better customer experience and increase pro-level signups.

Sneak Peek at PADI’s Next Generation Digital Products
Wednesday, 14 November – 3:00-4:00 pm (Room N253)
Thursday, 15 November – 2:00-3:00 pm (Room N253)

Come see the next generation of eLearning digital products and take a tour of the new digital delivery platform. Find out what’s available now and what’s coming down the track.

Marketing to Youngsters: How to Leverage a Generation to Grow Diving
Wednesday, 14 November – 11:00 am-12:00 pm (Room N253)
Thursday, 15 November – 1:00-2:00 pm (Room N255)

Did you know Millennial’s will outnumber Baby Boomers by 2019? Or that Generation Z represents 25 percent of the US population? This seminar will give you tips to tap into the youth market to not only grow your business but also lift the industry as a whole.

Mastering the Art of Entry-Level Conversion
Wednesday, 14 November – 4:00-5:00 pm (Room N255)
Friday, 16 November – 11:00 am-12:00 pm (Room N253)

Are you leveraging every tool or opportunity to convert new customers into new divers? Discover the top 10 best practices to increase entry-level certifications, and hear from members who have seen great success using easy-to-implement tactics.

Discover a New World of Opportunity through PADI Travel™
Wednesday, 14 November – 10:00-11:00 am (Room N255)
Friday, 16 November – 11:00 am-12:00 pm (Room N255)

Learn how to use PADI Travel offerings to increase course sales and profits. Already have a travel program? Come learn how you can get involved in the affiliate program to help supplement your travel program.

Conservation as a Business Plan
Wednesday, 14 November – 4:00-5:00 pm (Room N253)
Thursday, 15 November – 10:00-11:00 am (Room N255)

While remaining committed to safe and responsible diver education, together we can make a significant impact on key issues facing the planet by elevating environmental consciousness in all PADI Divers. Come find out how you can attract younger divers, differentiate your dive center and integrate conservation into your business plan to increase profits while preserving the ocean for future generations. Showing you how to align your business with PADI Pillars of Change and Project AWARE will be the focus of this seminar.

Leveraging PADI Tools to Increase Diver Loyalty and Retention
Wednesday, 14 November – 1:00-2:00 pm (Room N253)
Friday, 16 November – 10:00-11:00 am (Room N253)

Discover how to create lifelong divers by leveraging My PADI Club. In this seminar, you’ll learn how you can grow and advertise your business, build stronger relationships with your customers, and keep divers diving for a lifetime.


PADI Partners


Project AWARE® Specialty Workshop – Revised and Relaunched!
Thursday, 15 November – 2:00-3:00 pm (Room N255)
Friday, 16 November – 1:00 -2:00 pm (Room N255)

In this interactive workshop, you’ll discover new and exciting ways to teach the revised Project AWARE Specialty. Guided by Project AWARE’s 10 Tips for Divers to Protect the Ocean Planet, you’ll gain practical tools and teaching tips that will make this the go-to course at your dive center or resort. Be prepared for discussion, action and sharing of ideas. You’ll walk away from this workshop ready to turn your divers into the next generation of ocean advocates.

From Swim to Scuba: How to Grow Your Business with PADI Swim School
Wednesday, 14 November – 1:00-2:00 pm (Room N255)
Thursday, 15 November – 3:00-4:00 pm (Room N255)

Learn how adding swim lessons to your business not only provides additional income and job opportunity, but also brings new swimmers, divers, families of divers and the community into your business. Whether you have a pool, rent a pool, want a pool or have an ocean available, PADI Swim School is for you!

EVE Diving Services Will Grow Your Business
Wednesday, 14 November – 2:00-3:00 pm (Room N255)
Friday, 16 November – 3:00-4:00 pm (Room N255)

Come see how the EVE Ultimate System can help you overcome the barriers of cost, time and training and show you how to implement a single, integrated approach to your store’s marketing and sales needs.


Tec Seminars in the Tec Resource Center


Breaking the Accident Chain

No one ever thinks they will have an accident when starting a dive. Accidents don’t generally occur from a single failure but are caused by a series of events the victim didn’t predict could happen. This presentation will explore the events surrounding incidents and what we can do to break the chain before we become victims ourselves.

Critical Decisions in Tec Diving

PADI Education and Content Development Executive Karl Shreeves looks at what cognitive and social sciences have to say about how we can make the right decisions when they matter most as divers, as well as avoiding common bad-decision pitfalls.


EVE Seminar Series at the Westgate Las Vegas Hotel and Casino


EVE Intro to Marketing

Wednesday, 14 November – 8:00-10:00 am
Pavilion 6

Research from DEMA shows that the return on investment for email marketing is $30 US earned for $1 US spent. There is no substitute for a well thought out email from your store directly into the palms of your new or returning customer. Letting them know about offers, PADI courses, trips, equipment and news is vital to increase your revenue. Learn how to take simple steps to revolutionize your interaction with your customers at key points of contact.

EVE Websites

Wednesday, 14 November – 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Pavilion 6

Discover how to make the seamless transition to a website that works for you and your customers. Get set up with more than 130 ready-to-go, high-end, customizable templates as well as a delivery platform for you to target the right customer at the right time with the right message. Come learn how these sites integrate with your marketing, schedules and your sales goals.

EVE Pro App

Thursday, 15 November – 8:00-10:00 am
Pavilion 6

Empower your instructors to drive your business with the new EVE Instructor App for iOS/Android/Web. Learn how the EVE Instructor App can directly connect to EVE in your store, which helps provide your instructors with a range of applications and tools necessary to successfully manage your business and promote your services.

New EVE Online Store

Thursday, 15 November – 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Pavilion 6

Come learn how to use the online store for eCommerce, online courses and event bookings. Learn about the EVE online store hybrid operations such as “Scuba and Swim” and “Fish and Dive,” which are easily managed with this completely new product architecture.

EVE Advanced Marketing

Friday, 16 November – 8:00-10:00 am
Pavilion 6

Keep in touch with your customers with the right message at the right time with EVE Marketing Agent. Attend this seminar to learn how to use EVE Marketing Agent to increase bookings, continuing education, dive trip sales and servicing.

EVE Ultimate

Friday, 16 November – 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Pavilion 6

Discover the complete system in which EVE Cloud hosting brings every feature and application of all of these products and services together in one place. There is a place for you and your customers, wherever they may be. Discover why EVE Synergy is the best award-winning system for the very best price.


Reserve your hotel room today!


Book your room at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino for DEMA Show 2018, just steps away in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Call PADI Travel™ to secure the special room rate of $110 US per night* (plus tax). Pay the resort fee and you’ll receive complimentary wireless internet, access to the hotel’s fitness center, in-room safe use and free local and toll-free domestic calls.

PADI programs such as the PADI Social, Course Director Update, IDC Staff Instructor Update and Emergency First Response Instructor Trainer course will take place in the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino, so you’ll be at the center of the action. Contact PADI Travel at 800 729 7234 ext. 2539 (US and Canada) or email Christine.Grange@padi.com to book your room today.

*Rates subject to change without notice.

PADI Freediver to Sponsor 2018 AAS Depth Championships

Following the growth of freediving around the world, The Apnea Association of Singapore have announced the first AAS Depth Championships to be held at Apnea Bali next month.

PADI is proud to be a sponsor of this competition which will be open to a total of 20 athletes and will take place over four days from 20th – 24th September 2018.

The competition will run under AIDA rules and athletes can choose to do any depth discipline on any day. Awards will be given to both male and female for the following; Overall First, Second and Third Place, Top Singaporean Depth Champion and Top Newcomer.

PADI would like to wish all competitors the best of luck as they prepare for the Championships and looks forward to bringing you the latest news and coverage of the competition.

For more information, please visit the Apnea Association of Singapore website.

If you’re interested in learning more about the PADI Freediver program, please visit our website. 

PADI Business Academy Cebu- Last Chance for Early Bird Offer

This is your last chance to take advantage of the early bird offer for the PADI Business Academy in Cebu on Tuesday 16th & Wednesday 17th October 2018.

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Register your place before Tuesday 4th of September 2018, to receive AUD $40 off the cost of your registration. Plus, with every third paid attendee, you will receive a fourth free. So get in quick and register your spot today!

Click Here To Register

This two day Business Academy will focus on topics such as:

  • Elements of a Successful Website
  • Customer Service
  • Pricing & Sales
  • Email Marketing
  • PADI’s Digital Space
  • Business Management
  • Social Media & Video
  • Market Segmentation & Niche Markets

There will also be dedicated workshop time, where PADI staff will help you work on specific action plans for your dive operation.

The number of attendees is limited to ensure that the PADI Business Academy staff can really focus on you. Register today to make sure you don’t miss out!

For more information, please contact your PADI Regional Manager or email Brooke.McConnell@padi.com.au

You can also view the rest of the upcoming PADI Business Academies for 2018 here.

 

Building Water Confidence in Training

Written by PADI Regional Training Consultant, Robert Scammell

As PADI Professionals, especially when based in resort environments with a diverse client base, we face a wide variety of challenges to learning whilst teaching students. These can vary and include differences in educational backgrounds, culture and language. However the greatest thrill as a PADI Professional is seeing the look on your students face when they overcome obstacles and begin enjoying and sharing our passion for the underwater world.

Many of us are familiar with helping students who need help mastering the RDP or clearing their mask and are happy in spending the time with students who may be facing these and many other obstacles. However sometimes we need to remember that maybe we need to wind things back even further and help our students gain confidence, in just, purely being in water.

For many of us confidence in water becomes a motor skill, like walking, running and talking, from an early age. I remember my grandmother, who couldn’t swim, taking me to the local pool once a week as a small boy to ensure I gained the confidence she never had. Others are not so lucky.

With the diverse cultural backgrounds we face in our ever expanding industry we need to remember that we will meet students who wish to enjoy scuba diving as much as the next person but they just need us, as professionals, to help them gain their water confidence. They may have grown up in a land-locked environment, have an embedded cultural fear of water or simply not had those opportunities to build up confidence in the water.

So is it right to assume that our students are comfortable donning mask, fins and snorkel and then spending most of our time talking about BCD’s and regulators when all of the time the student is wondering what the funny things on their feet and face are?

In conversation recently with an instructor he was explaining to me how he found that PADI Discover Scuba Diving participants got a lot more from the program by him helping them don and adjust mask fins and snorkel correctly and helping them initially gain confidence with these before progressing to scuba. Similarly another example is an instructor being aware that he would have to spend more time building water confidence with his PADI Discover Scuba Diving participants and having completed this how much they enjoyed their subsequent open water dives and were hungry to learn more.

Simply by remembering that learning to dive is helping build confident and competent divers and taking the time to help them build basic water skills is equally as important as every other part of training. Bear in mind that sharing our passion helps create the divers of the future so that customer will come back to you, recommend you to a friend and share ever-lasting memories.

Next time you turn up for work and your boss tells you that your students are from “XYZ” country, don’t roll back your eyes and imagine endless problems because of perceived backgrounds. As a PADI Professional, an educator, take on the challenge you may be surprised!

If you have any questions please contact your PADI Regional Training Consultant at training-sales@padi.com.au.

PADI Regional Training Consultant, Robert Scammell

Propeller Injuries and Boat Awareness: DAN Revitalises Safety Campaign

By Scott Jamieson, DAN Asia-Pacific

Sadly, within the first four months of 2018 there have been at least three fatalities of divers/snorkellers caused by collision injuries from boat propellers; one each in Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia. It is likely there were additional incidents, as many injuries often go unreported.

These figures are of great concern to DAN and should be of concern to all divers. We felt it was timely to revitalise a safety campaign that focuses on creating awareness of propeller safety.

Propeller injuries are unfortunately far too common in diving accident reports despite often being preventable. Many propeller incidents occur in remote locations where the medical facilities available to treat injuries sustained may be insufficient, and the licencing and regulating of boat drivers may be poorly enforced or does not exist. This is not to say that countries like Australia and New Zealand are immune to such incidents, reporting simply highlights a greater occurrence in other countries of the Asia-Pacific.

What are the main causes of propeller incidents?

Having reviewed reported incidents from the past ten years there seems to be four main categories of causes:

  1. Boat operators unaware of divers in the area coupled with insufficient lookout for the conditions.
  2. Boat operators attempting to move the boat while divers were nearby in the water.
  3. Divers/snorkellers surfacing in the path of boat traffic, failing to use a flag or buoy, or undertaking diving activities in an area frequented by boats.
  4. Divers being pushed into boat propellers by waves or currents.

These indicate the need for a two-pronged approach to increase the safety of divers/snorkellers in relation to propellers:

1. Working with divers/snorkellers to increase their awareness of strategies to avoid propeller incidents, such as:

  • The use of clearly visible dive flags.
  • The use of diver’s floatlines and/or SMBs.
  • Being vigilant in avoiding areas with known boat traffic.
  • Avoiding surfacing or swimming at the stern of the boat without the crew’s knowledge.
  • Ensuring divers follow crew instructions when attempting to board the vessel.

2. Reinforcing to boat operators that they need to be diver aware, by:

  • Having an adequate lookout at a high point to be able to see divers who will be low in the water;
  • Recognising the different types of dive flags (and light signals at night), which indicate divers are in the vicinity.
  • Being aware of the laws and regulations regarding exclusion zones and speed limits that surround ‘Diver Below’ warnings, if any. In the absence of regulations, care and slow speeds are still required.
  • Ensuring they do not have the propellers engaged while performing pick-ups; and receiving confirmation that all divers are clear of the propellers prior to re-engaging.

If divers and boat operators work together, propeller injuries and deaths can be reduced, even eliminated.

DAN will be running a safety and campaign until the end of 2018, predominantly on our socials (Facebook: DAN Asia Pacific, Blog: daninsider.org) If you miss anything you can find out more at danap.org/DAN_diving_safety/campaigns.php.

We encourage you to support the campaign and share the information provided with your diving friends so that we are all working together to prevent unnecessary injury and loss of life.

www.danap.org / www.daninsider.org

Scott Jamieson | DAN Asia Pacific